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  • World-leading academic to head €3.7 million SFI chronic disease programme at UCC

    01 Dec 2020
    World-leading academic to head €3.7 million SFI chronic disease programme at UCC
    “Modern lifestyle has disrupted our microbiome, which might explain the increase in chronic diseases”


    World-leading academic Professor Jens Walter will lead a €3.7 million research programme at APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) through a prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Professorship award announced today.

    His research will investigate the impact of a modern lifestyle on the gut microbiome and its relationship to increased chronic diseases. Research has shown that modern diets and medical practices may play a role in diseases such as obesity, multiple sclerosis and allergies by disrupting our microbiome.

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  • Major new famine documentary based on UCC book to screen on RTÉ

    30 Nov 2020
    Major new famine documentary based on UCC book to screen on RTÉ
    • Online educational resource also launched
    • Narrated by Liam Neeson, this is the second historical documentary partnership between UCC & RTÉ

    To mark the 175th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Irish Famine a major two-part documentary based on the University College Cork’s Atlas of the Great Irish Famine will be broadcast this evening (Monday 30th November) and Monday 7th December at 9:30pm on RTÉ One.

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  • Next generation of film makers receive Puttnam Scholarships

    24 Nov 2020
    Next generation of film makers receive Puttnam Scholarships

    Eight UCC students will get the opportunity to be mentored by Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, after each being awarded a prestigious scholarship.

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  • UCC’s iconic tree collection receives international recognition

    23 Nov 2020
    UCC’s iconic tree collection receives international recognition

    The iconic tree lined campus at University College Cork (UCC) has joined some of the leading arboreta in the world after being accredited by a prestigious global accrediting programme.

    To foster best practice the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Programme examines the conservation, maintenance, educational outreach and scientific collaborations of arboreta across the world. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the Oxford Botanic Garden at the University of Oxford and the Arboretum De Paris are among the arboreta accredited globally by ArbNet, now the 2,500 trees across 42 acres at UCC join this notable list.

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  • UCC celebrates 22 years of Alumni Achievement

    23 Nov 2020
    UCC celebrates 22 years of Alumni Achievement

    UCC will celebrate 22 years of their Alumni Achievement Awards with a series of online festivities from 23-27 November.

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  • Almost 5,000 students to graduate from UCC in virtual ceremonies

    18 Nov 2020
    Almost 5,000 students to graduate from UCC in virtual ceremonies

    An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, a UCC alumnus, addressed the University College Cork Class of 2020

    Almost 5,000 students will graduate from University College Cork this week in a series of virtual conferring ceremonies.

    26 dedicated ceremonies are being livestreamed across the university’s website. Covering ceremonies across all four Colleges and Adult Continuing Education, this year’s Autumn Conferrings will run from Wednesday, November 18 to Tuesday, November 24.

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  • UCC academic receives prestigious award

    05 Nov 2020
    UCC academic receives prestigious award

    The winners of the prestigious 2020 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Awards were revealed today with Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir receiving the Best International Engagement Award.

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  • Bursary established at UCC in memory of Louise Clancy

    13 Nov 2020
    Bursary established at UCC in memory of Louise Clancy

    Louise Clancy was a former UCC School of English student who died tragically in a road traffic accident in 2015. Louise is remembered fondly by UCC staff and the Louise Clancy Memorial Prize was established by the School of English in 2018.

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  • Cork-based research features strongly on world's elite science list

    19 Nov 2020
    Cork-based research features strongly on world's elite science list

    A global list which shows the top 1% of the world’s most influential scientific researchers, shows that Ireland has 32 scientific pioneers, with 13 of them working with APC Microbiome Ireland, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre based in University College Cork (UCC).

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  • Ireland falling behind on measures to improve food habits

    09 Nov 2020
    Ireland falling behind on measures to improve food habits

    Ireland falls behind international best practice for implementing some of the policies needed to tackle obesity ​and other non-communicable diseases, a ground-breaking new report from University College Cork has found.

    Its findings have led to calls for a reform of Ireland’s ‘food environment’ - the wide range of interconnected factors such as food production, processing, marketing, and distribution, that characterise our food system and largely determine our dietary intakes. 

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